Patrick Campbell appointed Chief Operations Officer of Big Blue Bus

Patrick Campbell, formerly general manager of MV Transportation’s Brooklyn, N.Y. paratransit system and director of transportation for the Capital District Transit Authority of Albany, N.Y., joined Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus on Nov. 28 as chief operations officer.

“I am very pleased that Patrick is joining us. He brings a depth and breadth of both operations and maintenance experience to BBB and will fit in well with our team,” said Ed King, director of the Big Blue Bus, after Campbell’s appointment. In his new role, Campbell will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the Big Blue Bus, including budgeting, strategic planning, capital improvement programs and training and staff development.

“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to work for the Big Blue Bus and the city of Santa Monica as its new COO,” said Campbell. “I intend to work on streamlining our operations so that the people who utilize the services provided receive reliable, dependable and quality transportation.”

“It is important to me to include everyone at all levels of the organization to achieve our goals and objectives and recognize each individual’s contribution.”

Patrick Campbell began his career in public transit in 1987. In his most recently position as general manager for MV Transportation in Brooklyn, he was directly responsible for all aspects of operating a 280-vehicle paratransit fleet with a $40 million dollar operation that provided over 3,000 one-way trips daily within all five Burroughs of New York City. He also provided direction for a workforce of over 700 employees.

Between 2006 and 2009 Campbell was the Transportation Director at Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA) in Albany, N.Y., where he provided operations management for a 275-vehicle public transit system located across three separate facilities within four counties. His responsibilities included oversight of all daily operations, assisting with short and long range planning, budgeting, project management and customer service. He led multiple Operations initiatives including the Bus Rapid Transit project, and capital projects that included vehicle and technology procurements.

Prior to joining the CDTA, Campbell served as the Operations and Grants Manager for the Johnson County Transit system in Olathe, Kan. He held that position for six years between 2000 and 2006. He had management oversight for the operation of a 100-vehicle transit system, including budgeting, short and long range planning, triennial reviews, and other management duties. His direct responsibilities included budgeting, capital improvement and maintenance planning, and maintenance oversight. He also served in a management role in the regional coordination of transit services with Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

Campbell has also worked as the director of transit with the Greater Glens Falls Transit Glens Falls, N.Y. in the mid-90s. As the director of transit, Campbell was directly responsible for all aspects of operating this small urban transit system including operations, planning and capital improvements. He implemented computerized maintenance procedures, paratransit operations, and office functions; purchased all equipment, established and maintained operating and capital budgets and successfully negotiated new contract with the local union

Campbell received his Masters of Business Administration in 2004 from Mid-America Nazarene University, Olathe, KS, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in 1987 from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, N.Y.